Road trips are an adventurous and economical way to travel across the United States; however, before you pack up and get on the road, there are some things you need to think about, to plan, and double check! Preparation and information are keys to success on the road of life and the literal wide-open road!
Make sure you check your vehicle to ensure it is in prime condition for long distance driving. Pay
close attention to your tires, windshield wipers, engine and brakes as these are parts that can lead to accidents and injuries if they are worn out or old. Plan a route that is logical, safe, and ideally is recommended by fellow travelers. Make sure you know dangerous areas to avoid in the states you are visiting and make a list of local emergency numbers in all of the areas you will be visiting. Make sure you have emergency equipment in your car, such as a copy of your license, registration, car insurance and medical paperwork; a first aid kit, blankets, flashlights, flares, and nonperishable food items. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
2. On the road
After all of your planning and anticipation for the trip, once you are on the road, don’t lose your wits! Make sure you don’t advertise the fact that you are on a long journey by leaving lots of maps or guidebooks in plain sight. Try not to stick out in small towns as a “tourist” or a “roadtripper” because you could make yourself a target for criminals. Make sure you talk to locals to get the best advice on what to see, where to go and what is happening in the area. Try small restaurants and coffee shops during the day and get a feel for the area. Try to arrive at new and unfamiliar places during the daytime hours to avoid having to find somewhere to stay in the dark.
3. Car accidents and insurance
On road trips, especially for extended distances, the threat of car accidents is always present. Nowadays, it is very common for drivers to be out on the road despite the fact that they have no auto insurance. This raises the price of insurance for those who are insured and forces the insured to cover the cost of the whole accident. Law enforcement agencies in over 30 states have created insurance verification programs (IVP) to try to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on the road. Texas has a new IVP that allows local police to tow vehicles of uninsured drivers. Insurance companies are also offering a new type of coverage called “uninsured motorist coverage” to protect their clients against uninsured drivers.
There are a wide range of accidents that can happen on the road such as distracted driving, weather related, hit and run, speeding, impaired driving or accidents due to faulty machinery. Personal injury lawyers are experts in deciphering what type of accident your issue falls under and the necessary steps to follow to ensure you receive adequate reimbursement, treatment and/or compensation.
Every state and law firm is different, but you can rest assured that if you are in Texas, Hagood and Neumann are reliable and quality personal injury lawyers who are willing to fight for you. No matter where you are, make sure you contact a professional to assist you. Even if you are unsure about what your insurance will cover, what claim to make, or who is at fault, most law firms offer free initial consultations and can point you in the right direction. Stay calm and stay informed and you will receive the assistance and compensation you deserve. Now get out there and enjoy the adventure of the open road!